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Best Places To Live In Tennessee 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score91
  • Spring Hill, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,364
  • Moved here from CA and it wasn't too crowded at first...now it seems like the local government will say "yes" to anyone who wants to build. There's traffic, congestion and construction everywhere you go…[read more]
89
  • Franklin, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 70,625
  • Like Nashville, Franklin has exploded in the 30 years since I have been coming to beautiful Middle Tennessee on a regular basis. And like Nashville, Franklin is changing quickly with an influx of…[read more]
89
  • Collierville, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 48,005
  • Unlike the City of Germantown, which is essentially a far safer and better-governed extension of a dysfunctional Memphis, Collierville is a bit further east and separate enough from Memphis to give it…[read more]
88
  • Hendersonville, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,073
  • There are those of us who refer to this dump as Helldersonville; this place is an overrated dump; for years (since 1980), the water dept. has been charging sewer rates to 153 Cranwill Drive, and there…[read more]
88
  • White House, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,944
  • White House, Tennessee is amazing for its gorgeous homes, private land, and nearby amenities. Everything is very conveniently placed with plenty of shopping centers, restaurants, fitness centers and…[read more]
88
  • Atoka, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,917
87
  • Germantown, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,213
  • There is one review on this page that says murders, etc. are a problem in Germantown. Completely and wildly incorrect. Germantown does indeed suffer from some crime issues coming from the adjacent…[read more]
87
  • Smyrna, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,369
  • I'm the outdoorsy type, so I love living in Smyrna, Tennessee. This town has acres and acres of park land. There's golf in Sharp Springs Park, kayaking or fishing on Stewart Creek, and plenty of ball…[read more]
86
  • Farragut, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,690
  • I love living in Farragut, Tennessee because this town is rich in history, just a stones throw from Knoxville, and has the best of both worlds being a small town yet close to a metro area. Farragut was…[read more]
86
  • Kingston, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,841
85
  • Brentwood, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,873
  • Brentwood, Tennessee is an amazing place to live, shop, and enjoy family festivities. There are always ongoing events and plenty of fun places to explore. Not to mention, its one of the wealthiest cities…[read more]
85
  • Mount Juliet, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,853
  • have resided in Mount Juliet for 15 years. Proximity to Nashville (15 min) is a plus. 30+ institutions of higher education nearby. Excellent hospitals/health services. Local amenities including shopping…[read more]
85
  • Green Hill, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,079
84
  • Nolensville, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,724
84
  • Maryville, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,151
  • I used to live in Maryville TN a hose almost 1000 sale ft near Maryville college sold for 50,000 few years ago owner fixed it up sold again for 130,000 the town is great place to live but the realistate…[read more]
83
  • Bartlett, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,318
  • The School district is among the top 10% of districts based on test scores. They have a proactive police dept verses the reactive policing in Memphis. Memphis is adjacent to Bartlett so commutes to…[read more]
82
  • Mount Carmel, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,425
82
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 122,007
  • Unless your Murfreesboro (boro) original and WHITE this place isn't for the worldly traveled folks. I felt so out of place, I walked into a subway patiently waiting. No, entry of hello welcome to subway…[read more]
81
  • Gallatin, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,426
  • This summer and last we had temps of close to 100 degrees with 100% humidity almost everyday! Last winter we experienced ice and snow and it was horrible because nobody knows how to drive in it here. We…[read more]
81
  • Signal Mountain, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,500
81
  • Soddy-Daisy, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,162
  • I live in and was raised in soddy daisy TN. It is a great town and great for families. If you aint from soddy you aint nobody. There's home availability and tons of parks for families. Like Chester Frost…[read more]
81
  • La Vergne, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,451
  • Living in La Vergne, TN, has been a blessing in so many ways. Our family moved here a little over five years ago because our oldest daughter was starting kindergarten. We came for the quality school…[read more]
80
  • Arlington, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,599
  • I had a delightful stay while living in Arlington Tennessee. The city is located in Shelby County. Arlington is close to Lakeland Tennessee. The town was named after Arlington Virginia, near the…[read more]
80
  • Portland, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,125
  • I've been living in Portland Tennessee for 8 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere of this quaint little city that has friendly and helpful neighbors in the close-knit neighborhoods. Portland…[read more]
80
  • Church Hill, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,723
80
  • Lakeland, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,541
  • My family and I are proud to call Lakeland, Tennessee home. With a low population, this town truly has a great community feel, while being close enough to Memphis that you can easily commute to the city…[read more]
80
  • Oak Ridge, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,285
  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee is one of my favorite locations to experience the outdoor sites and locations. This town is smaller with a population of just over thirty thousand people. There are a lot of parks…[read more]
78
  • Loudon, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,701
78
  • Red Bank, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,794
  • It's been great exploring Rivermont Park while living in Red Bank Tennessee. The weather here in Red Bank has been great; not too hot in the summer and not unbearably cold in the winter. Crime is scarce…[read more]
77
  • Fairview, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,271
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  • Lebanon, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,439
  • I could walk through town for hours and still absorb the blessing that is the South's love of nature. The city is built while embracing the trees and keeping its people in calm, cool shade. Summers are…[read more]
77
  • Collegedale, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,438
  • Collegedale is a great place to live if you enjoy being a little away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but still enjoy being close enough to be able to experience it when you want. It's just a…[read more]
77
  • Paris, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,168
  • I love living in Paris. It is a fun community that has amazing people and great eats. It is a small city that has the comforts of a large city while retaining the familiarity that comes with a small…[read more]
76
  • Lenoir City, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,965
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  • Johnson City, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 65,415
  • Johnson City is by far one of the better cities in Tennessee, and easily outranks its nearby cities, Bristol and Kingsport. Low cost of living, good homes, generally nice layout of the city, and some…[read more]
75
  • Munford, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,025
75
  • Sparta, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,063
74
  • Jonesborough, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,234
74
  • East Ridge, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,311
  • East ridge is a small community that is doing a turn around for the best ! We will be the new place to live…[read more]
74
  • Bristol, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,734
  • I should stress this. I am a mixed woman and this place is a HEAVILY white community. Not that they are not friendly these people are super friendly buuuuuut be prepared for a few microaggression run…[read more]
74
  • Goodlettsville, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,848
  • If you want to live close to Nashville, but desire something a little slower paced, then you need to consider my hometown of Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Living in Goodlettsville, Tennessee is great in…[read more]
74
  • Kingsport, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 52,871
  • I was born in Churchill, Tennessee, a small town then, and my father's job as a veterinarian was in Kingsport, only 20 miles away, so I could go along with him during the summer to assist him in his…[read more]
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  • Columbia, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,130
  • Most of Middle Tennessee is lovely, deriving a lot of energy from a strong, growing Nashville while maintaining a great deal of local charm. However, Columbia appears to be a bit rougher, with more…[read more]
74
  • Tullahoma, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,185
  • Living in Tullahoma Tennessee means I get some of the best that the South has to offer as far as community and history is concerned. Tullahoma Regional Airport keeps us connected with the world and it…[read more]
73
  • Oakland, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,270
  • Oakland is a northeastern suburb within the Memphis metropolitan area within 10 minutes of the Shelby County line. Oakland has grown to over 8,000 in population in the last 15 years as residents have…[read more]
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  • Martin, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,989
  • I've lived in Martin, Tennessee, for the past four years. I came here in mid-2014 to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin, a relatively small yet fairly-priced university that offers both…[read more]
73
  • Lexington, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,796
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  • Cookeville, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,256
  • I've been living in Cookeville for two years. It's an alright city for the most part, but there are a couple of areas it can improve in. Cookeville itself is fairly busy and there's usually enough fun…[read more]
72
  • Pulaski, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,728
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  • Manchester, TN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,387
  • The weather is awesome once annually durring bonnarro. The rest of year the sun rarley shines, summers are cloudy cool any contant rain. Home maintance is impossible because the grass will not let…[read more]

Tennessee: The Volunteer State

The State of Tennessee is the heartland of the Great Smokey Mountains. There are over 6.5 million people who enjoy its Appalachian beauty every day. Also known as the Volunteer State, Tennesseans were so willing to take a stand in the Battle of New Orleans, during the War of 1812. It was home to many famous pioneers, such as Davie Crockett. Many talented young people have been lured to the Home of Country Music to make their fortune. Tennessee has a rich history and a stunning beauty all of its own. If you want to be a resident of Tennessee, there are many great cities that are perfect for you to consider.

Tennessee is located in the southeastern part of the United States. The State of Virginia and Kentucky border it to the north. To the east, Tennessee is bordered by North Carolina. Its southern border states are Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Missouri and Arkansas are at Tennessee’s west border. In terms of size (square miles), Tennessee ranks 36th largest state of the Union. Most of the eastern part of Tennessee is covered by the regal Appalachian Mountains. The western border is composed of the mighty Mississippi River. Even though Nashville is its capital, it is not the largest city. That honor goes to Memphis, which also ranks a little higher in population. Along the North Carolina and Tennessee border, the Great Smokey Mountains beckons people to enjoy some of the most beautiful deciduous forests in the world.

During the Roosevelt administration, a huge federal grant called the Tennessee Valley Authority Act provided better infrastructure and industrial jobs to the state. Today, tourism, manufacturing, and agriculture are its prime industries. Tennessee is one of the major furniture manufacturers in America. Cattle, soybeans, and poultry are the state’s major agricultural products.

Nashville and Memphis are the epicenters for the country music industry. Millions of people tour these cities and take in shows like the Grand Old Opry and other star-studded productions. Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley, opens its doors to visitors in Memphis. People from all over the world come to see the final resting place of the King of Rock and Roll.

Since Tennessee is so close to the Deep South, it is known for a temperate climate. Summers are usually hot and winters are mild. The climate varies because of the different topography across the state. If you are interested in finding a place for good gardening, The Sequatchie Valley, Central Basin, and Gulf Coastal Plains offer the longest growing season.

If you want to make your home in Tennessee, you have a host of environments and neighborhoods from which to choose. Tennessee offers mountains and forests to the nature lovers, big cities and industry for metropolitan seekers, and places that cater to country music fans, shoppers, and history buffs. To find certain criteria for the best places to live in Tennessee, we can help you screen options by population size or prices of the housing/renting market. You can also sort by statistics such as education, employment, crime, and the cost of living in your prospective neighborhoods. Find out why natives of the state say that “Tennesseeing is believing!”